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October 20, 2015


harvesting corn

Massive Corn Crops Necessary To Satisfy Appetite For Meat

Our appetite for meat, which began growing exponentially in the U.S. after World War II, is one of the reasons farmers in the Midwest grow so much corn.

October 13, 2015


slicing meat

Choice Cuts: Making Room For More Meat

By the time 2050 comes around, the meat on your plate may not be that different, but the story of how it got there could be.

October 9, 2015



Beets, Historic Food Books, Conservation and Farming

American cookbooks throughout the years, with Vivian Halloran. Pickled golden beets. And, giving farmers incentives to think about conservation when they farm.

October 6, 2015


farmer Richard Oswald

China Slowdown May Squeeze Midwest Soybean Farmers

American farmers are the world’s largest soybean exporters and China is the largest buyer. If that market collapsed it would trigger a global decline in prices.

September 14, 2015


road through corn field

Farm Income Falling, Putting The Rural Economy On Edge

The USDA is predicting the largest single-year drop in farm income since 1983. The irony is, some farmers are seeing the best crop they’ve ever grown.

August 13, 2015


United Soybean Board

Corn Harvest Expected To Drop 20 Percent From Last Year

The decline could hurt farmers, but high yields in other parts of the country mean grocery prices likely won't be impacted.

July 20, 2015


soybean plants

Farmers Watch As Scientists Weigh In On Common Herbicides

Farmers fighting herbicide-resistant weeds will likely look to spray more chemicals. Researchers are trying to determine which herbicides could cause cancer.

July 13, 2015


flooded corn field

Record Rainfall Drowning Indiana’s Crops

Last month was the wettest June since 1895, causing many fields to flood.

March 12, 2015


Chuck Earnest

Anticipating The Benefits Of A Trade Deal In The Pacific

For U.S. soybean producers, the deal could mean no longer paying tariffs as high as 20 percent in countries like Japan.

March 10, 2015


farmer Matt Russell and chickens

Paying Farmers Not To Farm? Not Exactly

Some have complained that the government pays farmers not to farm. It’s actually a complicated program sought by sustainable agriculture advocates.

February 18, 2015


Iowa Power Farming show

Farm Payment Projections Growing

Crop insurance, which is heavily subsidized with public money, is meant to function as the main farm support program.

January 9, 2015


non-GMO food label

How Your Food Gets The ‘Non-GMO’ Label

Many food companies are seeking certification that their products don’t have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just brands in the health food aisle.

January 5, 2015


neonics keg, ricketts

Ag Industry At Odds Over Pesticide Studied In Bee Deaths

After studying 64 test plots of soybeans, the EPA did not see a significant difference in yields between plants treated with neonics and those without.

June 24, 2014



Nearly A Century Old, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal to meet the demand of the 21st Century is set to open as soon as early 2015.

June 3, 2014


beekeeper with hives

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.

March 5, 2014

Growing Similarity 

packages french bread with Chinese label

Global Diets Become More Similar

We aren't so different after all, and that could be a bad thing when it comes to the global food supply.

August 14, 2013

Bushel After Bushel 


USDA Predicts Near Record Corn Yield, Soybeans Look Good Too

Corn yields are expected to be 64 percent higher than they were last year.

May 14, 2013

Environmental Impact 

The yellow wheels of a center-pivot irrigation system on tilled farmland

New GMO Products Delayed Due To USDA Review

Monsanto and Dow Chemical have been developing new genetically-modified seeds, but the USDA has hit the brakes on their release to market.

February 27, 2013

More Bigger Better 

drought tolerant maize

Seed Science Pushes Toward Higher Yields

For decades now, farmers and seed scientists have seen yields improve, but they’re not satisfied.

February 26, 2013

Expiration Date 

Potted soybean plants

Generic Seeds Could Have A Short Lifespan

Farmers would love to continue using their favorite seeds in generic form, but they may find there is only a limited window of opportunity.

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